Passport Verification (PPV)

Updated 1/15/2021

All new international students are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV) with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival to the United States (U.S.). PPV is a procedure that verifies a student’s immigration status to ensure the student is eligible to start an academic program at USC for the upcoming academic semester.


Quick Navigation


F-1 and J-1 Students

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is the U.S. government agency that sets policies for international students in the U.S. The information and instructions below are based on the guidance provided for the fall 2020 and the spring 2021 semester.

Summer and Fall 2020 Admitted Students – Currently Outside the U.S. (Students who started their USC program from abroad)

  1. Register for spring 2021 classes via Web Registration during your scheduled appointment time.
    • Students who started their USC program from abroad in either summer or fall 2020 will see an OIS70 hold on their account. This hold does NOT prevent course registration.
    • Students who transferred their SEVIS records to USC from a U.S. high school or college for Fall 2020: USC Office of Admission will issue your I-20 in November per guidance from SEVP.
  2. Complete PPV immediately upon entry to the U.S.*
    • The OIS70 hold will be removed once you enter the U.S. and complete PPV.

*New students, transfer students, and all other students with an initial attendance or transfer pending I-20 who are currently outside the U.S. are not eligible to enter the U.S. and enroll in 100% online classes.

Return to Top

Spring 2021 Admitted Students–Currently Residing in the U.S.

Spring 2021 admitted students who are currently in the U.S. can complete PPV online (PPV link will be available soon). OIS will remove the registration (STU60/STU50) hold within three business days from the submission date. Please follow the instructions below.

OIS Passport Verification Instructions
STEP 1 Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2 Activate your USC Zoom Account
STEP 3 View New Student Information Session (pre-recorded session via Zoom)

Click to access the PowerPoint

STEP 4 Login to the PPV Document Submission System 
Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
F-1 Students
  1. USC I-20 pages 1 and 2 (sample document)
  2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  3. I-94 Document
  4. F-1 student visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)
J-1 Students
    1. USC DS-2019 page 1 (sample document)
    2. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
    3. I-94 Document
    4. J-1 student visa (Canadian citizens exempt) (sample document)

Questions regarding PPV requirements? Email oisppv@usc.edu

Return to Top

Spring 2021 Admitted Students–Currently Outside the U.S.

New students who are currently outside the U.S. cannot complete PPV. This includes transfer students (students who transferred their SEVIS record from their previous institution to USC for spring 2021) as well.

Academic Enrollment Options for Spring 2021 Admitted Students Who Are Currently Outside the U.S.
Option 1: Begin an academic program from abroad as a non-F-1/J-1 student
  • Submit Request for Temporary Lift of Registration Hold for Spring. Log in with your USC email address.
    • OIS will replace your STU50/STU60 hold with an OIS70 hold. The OIS70 hold does NOT prevent course registration for spring 2021. It simply indicates that you are enrolling from abroad for spring 2021. It also serves as a reminder that you are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV) immediately upon entering the U.S.
  • Contact academic advisor to inform them of your plans for spring 2021 and to find a suitable schedule of online courses.
    • USC Office of Graduate Admission (GA) will issue updated I-20s for Spring 2021 admitted students
      • Summer 2021 I-20s will be issued mid-January 2021
      • Fall 2021 I-20s will be issued February 2021
Option 2: Begin an academic program from abroad as a non-F-1/J-1 student but enter the U.S. mid-semester
  • Submit Request for Temporary Lift of Registration Hold for Spring 2021 so that you can register for classes. Log in with your USC email address.
    • OIS will replace your STU50/STU60 hold with an OIS70 hold. The OIS70 hold does NOT prevent course registration for spring 2021. It simply indicates that you are enrolling from abroad for the beginning of spring 2021. It also serves as a reminder that you are required to complete Passport Verification (PPV) immediately upon entering the U.S.
  • Contact academic advisor to inform them of your plans for a mid-semester entry to the U.S. for spring 2021 and to find a suitable schedule of classes that meet the hybrid course requirement. Student must remain enrolled in the hybrid class(es) for spring 2021 in order to maintain their immigration status.
    • USC Office of Graduate Admission (GA) will issue updated I-20s with a March 1, 2021 start date
      • Students can enter the U.S. as early as January 31, 2021 but no later than March 1, 2021
  • Upon arrival to the U.S., complete Passport Verification (PPV) to get the OIS70 hold permanently removed. Failure to complete PPV in a timely manner will result in the automatic termination of your SEVIS record.
Option 3: Inquire about possible options for beginning your academic program in a future semester
  • Contact your admissions advisor or academic advisor for guidance.
Return to Top

Pending Permanent Residents and Other Non-Immigrant Visa Types

Students who are pending permanent residency or on other non-immigrant visa types such as E1, E4, H-1B, H4, L1, L2, O1, or R1 who are currently in the US must also complete PPV.

OIS Passport Verification Instructions
STEP 1 Activate your USC NetID Account Services
STEP 2 Login to the PPV Document Submission System
Required Immigration Documents by Visa Type
Pending Permanent Residency:
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. Pending PR documents (sample document)
Other non-immigrant visa types (i.e. H-4, E-2, J-2, etc.):
  1. Passport photo page with expiration date and passport number (sample document)
  2. I-94 Document
  3. Visa stamp (sample document)

DACA/AB540 Students

Please email your USC ID number to oisppv@usc.edu to request to have your STU50/STU60 hold removed.

Change of Degree Level

Students who have completed a degree program at USC in fall 2020 and are starting a new program at USC in spring 2021 are not required to complete PPV. Instead, simply complete the OIS Validation for Higher Degree form and email it to ois@usc.edu to get the STU50 hold removed.

Return to Top